The sun peeked out today and Croc was feeling a little more like himself so we broke out of the house and got some FRESH AIR!!!! Look how excited.
The Buckeyes played Michigan State this morning and I like to give Jon a little break so he can sweat out the game without constant interruption. Plus I was getting a really big urge to get outside and breath in that fresh morning air. These are three of the most fake smiles I've ever seen. It was a quintessential San Francisco morning in that I left the house with a scarf and sweater and came home with both layers gone. Microclimates are real here, folks!
I gave them the choice to go to either the Japanese Tea Garden and have mochi under the pagoda or go to the Presidio and get a snack at Starbucks and then makes wishes at the Yoda statue. It's no surprise that Yoda wins pretty much every time.
He wanted the old fashioned donut but they were out so they both got cake pops.
They each took one bite and said they were done. "It's too sweet," said The Dude. I can't tell you how many times these two have begged me for cake pops. They'll forget how much they disliked them and beg me again in another 6 months. It's like a vicious cake pop cycle :)
Crocy is really into wrinkling his nose when he smiles.
We've been coming to this statue for years yet it never gets old. We are Star Wars fans in our house! Yoda is a life-sized bronze statue and you can find it outside the Letterman Digital Arts Center if you're ever in the area. During work hours, you can usually walk inside the building behind him and see actual costumes worn in the movies! I think we've seen Darth Vader and Boba Fett. It's a very cool thing to do with kids in SF!!
Come to think of it, I can recall two wishes I've made in this fountain that came true, so maybe Yoda is working his wisdom and force over the pennies inside his fountain.
Another family was paying a visit to the fountain and offered to take our picture. I try to do that for other people too because I know what it's like to never have a family photo! Thanks, random dad and his family!
I love this one.
One minute the bridge is covered with fog and the next it's perfectly clear. Things are always moving and shifting in the weather patterns here. It makes things interesting. Any time I start to get negative about the city (I have reasons, but that's for another post), I get to the Presidio. There is something very magical about it. I know that might sound hokey to some of you, but if you come here and just stand in the middle of the eucalyptus trees, you'll understand. It makes all the other problems pale in comparison.
And the slime saga never ends in this house. The boys fight over who gets it. Jon can't stand the texture of it and refuses to touch it. Croc thinks it's fun to hold it over the furniture. The Dude tested putting it on the carpet to see if it would stick in the fibers (spoiler alert: it did).
Wishing all of you veterans a Happy Veterans Day! My brother, father, and grandfathers served in the Navy and I have a very big place in my heart for all of the women and men who serve us. Thank you.
Later that day, I decided to kill two birds with one stone by getting my bike out of the bike room at work and getting my run in... so I ran to work which was about four miles. I stopped at the Conservatory of Flowers to play the tourist for a hot second.
Golden Gate Park does this WONDERFUL thing on the weekends. They close off the streets in some of the park so people and kids can run, bike, roller skate, dance, or do whatever they want in the streets without worrying about cars.
The first mile I felt really sluggish probably because I ate pizza last night. But then once I got to the panhandle of the park, I started feeling like I wanted to run fast. It's actually pretty darned hard to find places in San Francisco where you can all out sprint without stopping. There are stoplights or stop signs or people almost everywhere, so when I saw a long stretch ahead of me in the panhandle, I decided to put a little boogie in it and ended the run with some nice lookin' splits! I haven't done any speed work on a track in about a year and that's because it's hard to get access to one here. I usually do my speed trainings as repeats up a 2-block uphill because of this problem where I can't find a spot to run fast uninterrupted. I'm actually not sure how fast I'm capable of running if I had a long road. Maybe I should drive outside the city every so often to run some trails. I've been thinking of making trail runs as part of my next big goal.
And since I was at work I figured I'd take advantage of some amenities! Mouth wash, cold towel, and a cold drink!
Coconut water sounded good. I had to try three microkitchens to find one! It's a popular item at work.
Then it was time to get Black Beauty out of the cages and ride her home. I've decided there is absolutely no way for me to wear a bike helmet and not look ridiculous. The fact that it says "nutcase" on the front is really the icing on the ridiculous cake.
These stenciled turkeys lined the alley leading to the streetcars. They said "Wanna Live." There must have been a dozen of them.
And then I had another trip past the Conservatory of Flowers, this time powered by two wheels instead of two feet! I have felt off the past few days...a little tense and a lot restless...and I could actually feel myself taking in the big gulps of fresh air as I exercised. It was like I couldn't get enough of it. Sometimes when I'm indoors for more than a few hours, it starts to really affect my mood. I did a little reading to understand why fresh air and sunshine are so good for me. It's as good for me as healthy food or exercise, and I equivocate it to therapy only a lot cheaper :)
A study done in 2008 had participants spend time walking in the forest and also in city areas to see how it impacted their stress levels. Results showed that "participants showed more physical signs of relaxation – including lower blood pressure and lower amounts of the stress hormone cortisol – when they spent time in the forest rather than in the city."
The science behind this is pretty cool. Trees and plans emit chemicals to protect themselves from insects and disease. These airborne chemicals, phytoncides, are powerful in forest fresh air and breathing them in can reduce stress! Here are the top five reasons I found to get outside and get some fresh air:
In fact I'm feeling sleepy just WRITING about fresh air! :)
I'm also thinking a lot about Thanksgiving dinner and what we're going to cook. Time to start obsessing over food magazines and blogs! It strange that it's just going to be the four of us this year so we're going to need to downsize the amount we cook. Pot pies? Kidding. Though homemade pot pies ARE delicious with leftover turkey.
And finally do you remember the other day when I said Salted Caramel is the best flavor combination? Well even I have limits. This is not a good idea, Pepsi. Yuck!!!
Tell me where you like to go to get fresh air.
Is there anything in the grocery right now that you refuse to eat or drink??
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